MIP milestones

November 20, 2019

The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project is halfway through implementation in the Innisfail and Tully regions. Here are some of the achievements:

Catchment Repair & Treatment

10 PROJECTS IN 2019/2020

  • 6 bioreactors constructed
  • 1 riparian revegetation demonstration site
  • 2 wetlands - 1 under construction and 1 with detailed design finalised
  • 1 high-efficiency sediment basin - detailed design being finalised

5 PROJECTS IN 2018/2019

  • 1 bioreactor constructed - monitoring underway
  • 1 high-efficiency sediment basin completed - monitoring underway
  • 1 in-drain wetland completed - monitoring underway
  • 1 constructed wetland completed - monitoring underway
  • 1 landscape wetland (on hold until November due to wet site conditions)

Local Scale Monitoring

WATER QUALITY MONITORING AT 30 SITES
(FROM DESIGN TO INSTALLATION)

  • 25 grab-sampling sites
  • 3 in-situ sites (samples are collected every 30 minutes)
  • 2 intensively-monitored paddock sites using 5 autosamplers (triggered by run-off)
  • Samples collected from 14 piezometers on farm demonstration sites
  • About 1300 samples collected for nutrient, pesticides and TSS
  • Grab-sampling on a fortnightly basis in wet seasons, monthly in dry seasons, plus sampling during three major weather events in 2018/19
  • Implementation with advice from the Water Quality Technical Advisory Group
  • Analysis by Cairns Regional Council Laboratory – a growing and positive local partnership!

Farm Services

215 LANDHOLDER PARTICIPANTS

This represents 33,212 ha of cane and banana land, or 70% of the production area in the Johnstone region and 65% in the Tully region.

  • 56 one-on-one extension activities
  • 34 landholder courses and knowledge-sharing workshops
  • 26 grower knowledge and skills-building events
  • 21 shed meetings to share water quality monitoring results and other initiatives
  • 17 demonstration sites used
  • 14 'Walking the Landscape' workshops
  • 14 industry related meetings
  • 7 extension network meetings
  • 306 participants in total

Influencing

FIRST REEF CREDITS WILL BE TRADED BY THE END OF 2019

The Reef Credit Scheme will enable land managers to undertake projects that improve water quality through changes in land management to generate a tradeable unit of pollutant reduction or a ‘Reef Credit’. It's like a carbon credit. A Reef Credit represents a quantifiable volume of nutrient, pesticide or sediment prevented from entering the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

  • Reef Credits Standard and Guide developed
  • Reef Credits interim secretariat established
  • Foundation methodologies for DIN (dissolved inorganic nitrogen) and sediment are being finalised
  • 5 pilot projects are underway in this region, with an expected total of 4% for the contribution towards the DIN target

We are proud of the local investment the MIP has contributed to the Tully and Innisfail regions, and grateful for the amount of support provided from partners. 

About the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project

MIP is a water quality project that is turning local knowledge into reef action. It is funded by the Queensland Government, through its Reef Water Quality Program. MIP is coordinated by Terrain NRM on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership, Australian Banana Growers’ Council, Local Government, community groups, consultants, investors and researchers.